Mumbai: Air India (AI) will be introducing premium economy class in some of its long-haul international flights next month, said CEO and MD Campbell Wilson on Saturday as the Tata group-owned airline works on ways to expand its market share as well as the global network. In his speech at an event by the JRD Tata Memorial Trust, Wilson said, “The airline will increase its market share to at least 30 percent in domestic and international routes.” Apart from this, he said that the airline is implementing a long-term revival plan. Over the next five years, it aims to grow its wide-body and narrow-body fleet as well as expand the global network.
AI aims to launch premium economy on certain international flights: Wilson
“The short-term actions have been to replace carpets, curtains, seat cushions and covers, to fix defective seats and inflight entertainment systems as fast as supply chains will allow,” he added.
“We’ve recently completely revamped the domestic inflight menu, and will be doing likewise, as well as launching premium economy on certain long-haul international flights next month. The airline has restored nearly 20 aircrafts that had been grounded for years due to lack of parts and money. Leaving aside cabin interiors, this has required procuring over 30,000 parts that had been cannibalised over the years to keep other aircraft flying,” he added.
AI has finalised leases for 30 additional aircrafts: Wilson
In addition to restoring long-grounded aircraft, he said the airline has finalised leases for 30 additional aircrafts which will be delivered in the next 12 months, starting next week, with more in the final stages of negotiation.
“Beyond these short-term additions, we are in deep discussion with Boeing, Airbus and engine manufacturers for a historic order of the latest-generation aircraft that will power Air India’s medium and long-term growth. At the risk of gross understatement, the investment will be substantial,” he said.
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